Understanding Gender Identity: Working with Transgender and Gender Variant Youth

Friday, October 6, 2017
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sidney M. Trantham, Ph.D.

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Christopher Willard, Ph.D.

This training will provide an overview of transgender identities including trans*, gender non-conforming, gender queer and gender fluid identifies (Trans* is a common shorthand to refer to the umbrella term that encompasses the wide range and variation of gender identity, gender expression and those with fluid gender boundaries). Emphasis will be made on exploring issues related to working with transgender children, adolescents and their families. This will include discussion of gender identity and gender identity development, the role of the mental health counselor in working with trans* youth and their families, and best practices. School-related issues will also be discussed, with a focus on unique issues associated with secondary school and college experiences.

A major aspect of the training will be to discuss current theories and practices related to working with transgender youth and their families. Review of gender identity development and theory will be provided, along with current clinical practice in working with transgender youth (e.g., gender assessment, coordinator role, support letters, etc.) The training will also discuss how substance use is a possible coping strategy by trans* youth.

Following this training the participants will understand:

  • The variety of trans* identities and unique aspects of each
  • The role of mental health clinicians as coordinators of care for transgender youth & their families
  • A variety of assessment instruments and methods
  • Specific counseling methods appropriate to transgender youth
  • How to advocate for transgender youth in various settings

Sidney M. Trantham, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences Division of Counseling & Psychology at Lesley University. Dr. Trantham received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Florida (Gainesville). His doctoral work focused on exploring the impact of early childhood sexual experiences on the psychological functioning of adult males. He was a Harvard Clinical Fellow (1996 – 2000) at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he completed his clinical psychology internship and neuropsychological post-doctoral fellowships, as well as engaged in research identifying early cognitive markers of HIV-related dementia. His work as a psychotherapist at Fenway Health (1999 – 2006) in Boston, Massachusetts included working with adults to address a variety of issues related to sexual identity development.

In addition to his university appointment, Dr. Trantham maintains a private practice where he provides integrative psychological, neuropsychological, and gender assessment as well as psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Areas of clinical interest and expertise include working with gender variant and transgender children and adolescents, sexual and racial identity development, and mood disorders.

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